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Group wants Lincoln Park to suspend signal to N.H. track
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- A greyhound protection group wants Lincoln Park dog track and gambling facility to suspend business with a New Hampshire track, where executives face federal charges in connection to an illegal gambling ring linked to the mob.

Carey Theil, president of GREY 2K USA, sent a letter on Wednesday to Rhode Island�s Department of Business Regulation requesting that Lincoln Park be told to suspend its simulcast signal at Lakes Region Greyhound Park.

�Neglecting to do so,� Theil wrote, �would leave Lincoln Park out of step with other facilities resolving this difficult problem.�

Lakes Region general manager Richard Hart and assistant general manager Jonathan Broome pleaded innocent in federal court in New York City in January to charges they were involved in an operation that illegally brokered more than $200 million in bets on horse racing and other sporting events.

The two allegedly transferred illegal wagers to various betting facilities through a Concord, N.H., business from a New York company allegedly associated with organized crime.

Seventeen people were indicted. Prosecutors say three, not including Hart or Broome, were associates of the Gambino organized crime family.

Jeff Neal, a spokesman for Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri, said the Department of Business Regulation received the letter and is �just beginning to evaluate it,� according to The Providence Journal. He said a decision will be made in the next couple of days.

Lincoln Park spokesman Mike Trainor said the allegations against the New Hampshire executives have not been proven, but the park will defer to the Department of Business Regulation�s decision.

Following the indictment, Churchill Downs, Inc., the race track that holds the Kentucky Derby, cut off its simulcast races at Lakes Region Greyhound Park. Two tracks in Florida suspended their broadcasts as well, according to the Union Leader in Manchester, N.H.


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